Google is offering Pixel XL as replacement to eligible Nexus 6P owners

Google is apparently replacing defective Nexus 6P units with the Pixel XL for users in Canada, UK, and US, but there are certain conditions you must meet.

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Google is apparently replacing defective Nexus 6P units with the Pixel XL for users in Canada, UK, and US, but there are certain conditions you must meet.

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It’s not the camera; it’s not the design; and it certainly isn’t the battery life. The Nexus 6P is talked about to this day for all the wrong reasons, unfortunately. The Huawei-made phablet was Google’s one of the last Nexus-branded smartphones and became particularly controversial because of its battery and bootloop issues. Multiple users started reporting problems with their Nexus 6P after the Nougat update last December, and Google has since made it very clear that this is a strictly hardware-related issue.

The search giant was very prompt in accommodating affected users with replacement units, but what happens when you run out of replacement units? After all, Huawei stopped manufacturing the Nexus 6P a long time ago. Well, according to a Reddit thread, you get an upgraded model for free!

The official thread for Nexus 6P RMA-related issues states that if you are in Canada, UK, or US and own a faulty Nexus 6P device that was purchased directly from Google, you may be eligible for a free Pixel XL. As long as the screen is not cracked and there is no water damage, you should be able to send in your device and receive a brand-new Pixel XL as a replacement unit. Nope, it doesn’t matter whether you’re out of warranty or not, and nope, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Project Fi user or not. If you’re in the latter group, you simply continue your payments as if you still owned a Nexus 6P.

Canadian Nexus 6P users should expect to receive the 32 GB version of the Pixel XL regardless of the storage option on their Nexus 6P while everyone else should get the 128 GB version of the Pixel XL.

According to the thread, Canadian Nexus 6P users should expect to receive the 32 GB version of the Pixel XL regardless of the storage option on their Nexus 6P while everyone else should get the 128 GB version of the Pixel XL. Don’t ask. Not only that, the post clarifies that some UK users are receiving Nexus 6P units again instead of the Pixel XL, so for those of you across the pond, it may also depend on your luck.

While the process sounds a little arbitrary (e.g. why do certain countries get the Pixel XL, and why does Canada only get 32 GB?), it’s good to see that Google is taking the necessary steps to provide support to frustrated users, most of whom went through more than three Nexus 6P replacement units in the past two years or so.
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Want to see your photo on a billboard in Times Square?

Huawei is holding a monthly photo competition, and winners will see their work showcased in the heart of NYC for all to see! Cast your vote for the best!

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A number of phone brands have earned a reputation for enabling excellent looking snaps, and this list includes Huawei. To differentiate itself from the competition, the company brought world renowned optics and camera company Leica onboard in 2016, and has since produced some impressive results from its dual camera technology.

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Clearly Huawei is taking this photography venture very seriously. Not only is it committed to its long term research and development partnership with Leica, but the company has just announced a new program to help promote the results of its consumer camera efforts – called the Huawei Museum.

The Huawei Museum isn’t a physical location to go and visit though, instead it’s an online community for mobile photographers. It’s designed to enable budding photo enthusiasts to share their works on one of the largest stages in the world: Times Square, NYC.

Huawei is hosting a smartphone photo competition, and the winners will get their images showcased in NYC for the world to see

As part of its Huawei Museum initiative, Huawei Device USA is hosting the Emergent Project, a competition that aims to call attention to the emergence of a new generation of creators and a new era of creativity. The competition is giving Huawei smartphone owners to opportunity to show-off their photography skills and potentially have their worked displayed in Times Square.

Barring a few fairly obvious rules regarding copied or vulgar content, the competition is open to photos of all sorts from anyone shooting photos from a Huawei device (including the Nexus 6P). Of course, the photos you submit have to be your own, but other than that you can just get out there and start shooting and sharing to the Huawei Museum Facebook page.

Each week, Huawei Museum community members will help select photographs to be features across Huawei’s social media pages. Each month, a selected winner will be chosen for display on Huawei’s Times Square billboard in New York City. The photos-of-the-month will also be featured in Leica store galleries in New York and Los Angeles.

Which camera to use?

The competition rules state that qualifying pictures must be taken with a Huawei, Honor, or Nexus 6P smartphone. Remember, Huawei worked with Google on the 6P back in 2015. So, this means any of the new Huawei P10 range, last year’s P9 or Mate 9, the new Honor 9, 8, 6X, or even older company handsets are all eligible.

Of course, Huawei’s recent improvements and partnership with Leica for its flagship phones seems to give a little bit of a hardware advantage to the company’s high-end phones. After all, the latest P10 is obviously going to pack in Huawei’s best camera hardware to date – what with it’s lossless zoom, PDAF and laser AF, and OIS enhancements to help take better pictures.

Better hardware specifications are no substitute for a an interesting subject and solid composition, so older handsets are still in with a good chance.

However, Huawei’s impressive dual RGB monochrome camera sensor configuration has been available in its low cost Honor range for a couple of generations now as well. Complete with the improvements to noise and HDR, a selection of manual mode shooting options, an optional software bokeh effect. Not forgetting that the Nexus 6P sports a camera that’s not far off the pace of more modern handsets too, so the field of competition is wide open.

All of that being said, slightly better hardware specifications are no substitute for a an interesting subject and solid composition, so older handsets are still in with a good chance if you have a good eye for pictures. Finding a unique point of view and potentially even using manual camera settings to find the perfect exposure will have a more meaningful impact on the end result, especially if you’re after a more dramatic picture.

Get into the action!

If you fancy seeing one of your photographs displayed up in Times Square, simply sign up to the Huawei Museum community and post your original photos captured on any Huawei, Honor or Nexus 6P smartphone to the Facebook group page using #HuaweiMuseum. Don’t forget to caption your entry with a title, description, and the phone model used to take the photo.

Even if you don’t feel like snapping pics yourself, you can still participate by joining the group and voting for the photographs you think are worthy of the limelight!

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There is a fix for your Nexus 6P bootloop issue (Update: now with better performance)

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Update: The Nexus 6P bootloop fix recently created by members of the XDA Developers forums has just become even better. User XCnathan32, the main developer of the original fix, posted an update to the install guide over the weekend to announce the changes.

XCnathan32 writes that the modified Nexus 6P image users must flash on their devices now takes advantage of four CPU cores (compared to one and a half in the previous iteration), providing faster performance and even beating the stock Nexus 6P ROM in some benchmarks.

While this doesn’t mean that process of applying the fix is any easier, it should mean that those who want to give it a try can expect an improved overall experience.

The Nexus 6P might have been release back in 2015, but it took a bit longer for some owners to notice their device would refuse to fully boot up and start over in a constant loop. Otherwise known as a “bootloop,” this issue has seemingly hit more Nexus 6P owners as more time passed, to the point where some folks took matters into their own hands and develop a fix.

XDA user XCnathan32, along with assistance from two other users, created the fix and put it up for anyone to give it a whirl. Without getting too technical, the fix shuts down all four of the Nexus 6P octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor’s performance cores that seemingly prevent the phone from properly booting up.

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More specifically, the A57 performance cores are disabled while the A53 cores are left alone. This means that, while you will notice lag when going through the UI, you might notice slightly improved battery life, since the A53 cores are more power-efficient than their A57 counterparts.

One of the bigger issues regarding the fix, however, is that you need to be comfortable with messing around with your device a bit. The fix involves unlocking your bootloader and flashing various modified images, so if you have no idea what any of that means, you might be better off not messing with your Nexus 6P.

Of course, this would be a good reason to start tinkering with your Nexus 6P, particularly if you have done so before. Just keep in mind that we cannot vouch for the fix – some folks have reported it worked wonders for their device, though that is not the case for everyone.

Interestingly enough, the same XDA user who created a Nexus 6P bootloop fix also created a fix for the Nexus 5X, which has its own share of bootloop issues. Unlike with the Nexus 6P fix, though, the XDA user did not personally test the Nexus 5X fix, so your mileage will vary even more.

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